Alarm Clock/Charger You’d Want to Slide Your iPhone Into

via Gizmodo

Another great Kickstarter Project that’s looking for seed funding, this is probably the cleanest iPhone4 alarm setup I’ve seen. (BTW, the Clock/Alarm App is called “Atomic Clock” by Gorgy Timing). Check out the Kickstarter page, or read more at Gizmodo here.

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Get The Party Started: FlareGun Sends a Google Maps Location By Text

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So you’re hanging out at your local whatever, and you want to let your friends know exactly where you are so you can all hook up for good times and bad craziness… But calling them and giving directions (across from the Starbucks, just past the old porn shop off Central Avenue, etc.) is such a hassle. Sure, you can already use Google Maps on your iPhone to send out the info, but that’s via an email or MMS. Too much work, right? With FlareGun, (available in the iTunes App Store for $0.99) the whole laborous process of detailing your whereabouts is turned into a simple text with your exact location as a link that can be viewed by anyone you have stored as a contact or have a phone number for.

There. “Dude, I just sent you a Flare…” Now get back to paying attention to that amazing him/her/whatever until the reinforcements arrive.

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TOM THE DANCING BUG: Sarah “Wadsworth” Palin recites “Paul Revere’s Ride”

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Too Hot For Spot

via Cool Hunting

Why didn’t I think of this? After seeing too many tragic cases of animal hypothermia and heatstroke due to the desert’s extreme climate, New Mexico-based veterinary worker Denice Pruett created Is It Too Hot For Spot?—a static-cling window thermometer. ANd it’s only 412.90, including shipping! CLick the Is it too hot link to purchase, or Read More here >>

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“Blade Runner” Behind-The-Scenes Polaroids Via Sean Young

via Boing Boing

Oh, man. Rachael, Rachael. That pulled-up hair, the wide-shouldered black suit, the slow walk directly into the camera … sweet. And now it’s a gallery of polaroids snapped on the set of Blade Runner, from the private collection of actress Sean Young (Rachael), via … Read, and see,  more here.

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To Mama With Love 2011

Time for a bit more follow-up and details following the world-wide launch of the “To Mama With Love” campaign on Tuesday, May 3rd, by Epic Change. First, the promo video:

Last year, the project raised nearly $17,000 to support the efforts of “Mama Lucy” to build a school for children in Tanzania (see below).  This year, Epic Change is targeting four amazing “Mamas” for support.

“Mama Lucy” Kamptoni sold chickens in her Tanzanian village and turned her income into a primary school that now serves over 400 children.

Suraya Pakzad was recently named one of TIME‘s 100 most influential people. She is  an Afghan activist who fights on behalf of the rights of women and girls; she originally founded the Voice of Women Organization (VWO) to educate girls in secret schools in Kabul under the Taliban, and has since expanded to support and assist underprivileged women and children throughout Afghanistan.

Maggie Doyne at the tender age of 19 used her life savings from babysitting to start the Kopila Valley children’s home in Nepal, which has grown to a home for over 40 children and a school serving over 200 students.

Renu Shah Bagaria is the founder of Koseli, which is a center for children in Kathmandu, Nepal who, due to their economic circumstances and country’s recent civil war, live in the city’s streets and slums.

Visit the web site to find out more these amazing women. Epic Change launched “To Mama With Love” as a collaborative art project that “honors moms across the globe and raises funds to invest in remarkable women who are transforming our world.” There are several ways that you can get involved with this year’s campaign: You can create a heartspace on the website to show your favorite mamas how much you love them, as well as spread the world on Facebook and TwitterPictures, artwork, poems and video can be embedded in each heartspace and can be shared via email and social networks. Family members and friends can collaborate by donating to your mama and anyone can leave a comment on the wall of your heartspace.

Oh, and did I mention that over 95% of the funds donated through “To Mama With Love” will be invested in the four featured projects? So show your “Mama” how much you love her. And make the world a better place.

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Let the Love Bombing Begin! “To Mama WIth Love” Launches

Today, I join with thousands of amazing, caring people in a worldwide project to honor the mothers of the world, and to raise funds to support four amazing “Mamas.”

To Mama With Love was originally launched in May 2010 by Epic Change, the innovative US nonprofit behind TweetsGiving, one of the first events to harness Twitter for social good, and the TwitterKids of Tanzania, a classroom of remarkable seventh-graders who blog & tweet from their village near Arusha.

To Mama With Love is a collaborative online art project that honors moms across the globe and raises funds to invest in remarkable women who are transforming our world.  Scheduled for May 3-8, 2011, participants create socially sharable “heartspaces” that include words, videos, photos & investments in honor of mamas they love.

The “heartspace” video and written tribute to our Mom, Connie Farver, on behalf of myself, my brother Patrick and sister Cindy, may be viewed here.

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